Art and Meditation

Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Art & Meditation

This series is FULL and registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

Six Saturdays, July 26-August 30 

 

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and became very popular among the samurai. During the twelfth century, the samurai embraced Zen Buddhism and subsequently discovered the benefits of meditation, giving the samurai warrior the mental edge that his enemies found extremely challenging.

Meditation instructors from the Shambhala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions.

Click here to register! Call 205.254.2571 for assistance and questions.

 

Art On The Rocks! – Matrimony

Presented by Dale’s

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Featured Events

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor After Hours

7-10PM // Jemison Galleries
Celebrate Japanese culture with the Museum as we welcome our newest exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. Art On The Rocks is the perfect time to see Lethal Beauty, where you can visit the exhibition through the night for free (included with Art On The Rocks admission).

Live Music: Matrimony

10PM // Upper Terrace
This Charlotte, North Carolina-based band was recently named one of Rolling Stone‘s top 10 new artists you need to know.  Comprised of husband and wife duo Jimmy Brown and Ashlee Hardee Brown, along with her brothers Jordan and C.J., this harmonizing family band has a sound that is born of true love and a shared lifetime.

Watch Your Mouth!

8:15PM, 8:45PM, 9:15PM, and 9:45PM // European Galleries
Michael Harriot, Orron Kenyetta, and performers from Birmingham and beyond present the first ever “exhibit” of spoken word. Poets, comedians, storytellers, musicians, and hip hop artists highlight and examine the broad diaspora of oral communication as art.

Hipster Haiku

ALL NIGHT // Third Floor, near Asian Galleries
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Type your own haiku on one of our vintage typewriters, and share it using #BMASamurai!

Light Painting Photo Booth

7:30-8:30PM & 9:30-10:30PM // Contemporary Gallery
The Light Paint Photo Booth is an incredible new spin on the classic photo booth. Guests are guided into a pitch black enclosure by an attendant who explains the unique light painting process. The photo countdown begins and guests pose for the camera’s flash to go off. Right after the flash, the shutter on the camera remains open for an additional 15 seconds while the guests move around with LED and glow props creating colored light trails.

MAKEbhm Giant Jenga

ALL NIGHT // Upper Plaza
MAKEbhm is a community space, celebrating the passion to create. Executive Director Bruce Lanier has had the amazing idea to create a giant Jenga set out of sturdy, lightweight material. During Art On The Rocks, players can take their Jenga game to new heights – how high will the blocks go before they come tumbling down? Fun for all ages!

Seasick Records

ALL NIGHT // Oscar’s Café
Seasick Records, located in Avondale, houses a variety of indie/alternative, punk, hardcore, and classic rock vinyl, CDs, and cassettes. Complete with a music savvy staff devoted to introducing the newest and the best releases, Seasick has a bright future ahead in the Magic City.

Pastry Art Edible Installation

ALL NIGHT // Main Lobby
A passion for art and baking has carried Carol Gregg on a fifteen-year culinary odyssey that led from a hobby to a profession. Carol, along with her husband, Dennis, opened Pastry Art Bake Shoppe in Homewood, Alabama where her award-winning “scratch” cake creations are featured. The Greggs’ founding principle of freshness, quality, and friendliness is evident any day you visit one of their cozy little bakeries. See their work of art, inspired by a piece in our collection, made out of delicious baby bites!

Junior Patrons VIP Tent

ALL NIGHT // Upper Plaza of Sculpture Garden
Junior Patron members can be found in a prime location, in a VIP tent right next to the band! Become a Junior Patron member to enjoy food and drinks, including Back Forty Beer Company’s exclusive beer, made just for Art On The Rocks! The special beer, Fuzzy Belly, is a blend of Frecklebelly IPA and the current seasonal, Paw Paw’s Peach Wheat.

For the final AOTR of the summer, we are giving you yet another reason to join as a Junior Patron at the event! We will have FREE pops from 80 POPS in the tent! 80 POPS teamed up with James Beard Award Winner, Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club to create and produce wonderful recipes for artisan pops with the finest available fresh and local ingredients. Enjoy a free pop in the JP VIP area! Flavors: Peaches & Cream, Chocolate Espresso, and Raspberry Basil. Limited quantities.

Bromberg’s Giveaways

ALL NIGHT // 8th Avenue Lobby
When visiting the various activities around the museum, keep a look out for a volunteer with yellow “Enter to WIN” slips. Fill it out, take it to the Bromberg’s table in the 8th Avenue Lobby, and be entered to win a beautiful piece of Bromberg’s jewelry!

Volunteer

  • Attend the event for free
  • Enjoy one drink ticket
  • Park for free in the Museum lot

Apply to Volunteer

ArtBreak: Lethal Beauty

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art Don Wood, Ph.D. Join us for a tour of the exhibition Lethal Beauty. Please note that you must purchase a ticket for this ArtBreak. Tickets to Lethal Beauty are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members. 

Slow Art Sunday: Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Carstian Luyckx’s piece Allegory of Charles I of England and Henriette of France in a Vanitas Still Life.

Japanese Film Festival: Seven Samurai

Japanese Film Festival
AUGUST 7-10 // FREE

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 10 // 1PM // Seven Samurai (1954), Akira Kurosawa, 207 minutes

One of the most thrilling movie epics of all time, Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire the warriors to protect them from invading bandits. This three-hour ride from Akira Kurosawa—featuring legendary actors Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura—seamlessly weaves philosophy and entertainment, delicate human emotions and relentless action, into a rich, evocative, and unforgettable tale of courage and hope. Nominated for two Academy Awards.

*Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase Sunday.
** The exhibition Lethal Beauty will be open until 5PM on Sunday. Last entry into the exhibition is 4PM. Must have ticket to enter; member tickets are always FREE!

Japanese Film Festival: Tales of the Taira Clan

Japanese Film Festival
AUGUST 7-10 // FREE

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 9 // 1:45PM // Tales of the Taira Clan (1955), Kenji Mizoguchi, 108 minutes

Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career soldiers gaining power and influence, they ignore the will of ex-Emperor Toba and refuse to reward the captain. Reward recommender Lord Tokinobu is punished, and the captain sends his son Kiyomori to the Lord’s residence, where he falls in love with Tokiko, the Lord’s daughter. Meanwhile, Kiyomori finds out that he is possibly the ex-Emperor’s son.

*Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase Saturday.
** The exhibition Lethal Beauty will be open until 5PM on Saturday. Last entry into the exhibition is 4PM. Must have ticket to enter; member tickets are always FREE!

Japanese Film Festival: From Up On Poppy Hill

Japanese Film Festival
AUGUST 7-10 // FREE

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 9 // 10:30AM // From Up On Poppy Hill (2011), Goro Miyazaki, 91 minutes

An animated film written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) and directed by Goro Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill marks the first feature film collaboration between father and son. The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict, as the younger generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past.
The star-filled voice cast includes Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Howard. Multiple Academy Award® winner Gary Rydstrom directed the English language version from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick.

*Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase Saturday.
** The exhibition Lethal Beauty will be open until 5PM on Saturday. Last entry into the exhibition is 4PM. Must have ticket to enter; member tickets are always FREE!

Art & Meditation

This series is FULL and registration is closed. Thanks for your interest!

Six Saturdays, July 26-August 30 

 

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and became very popular among the samurai. During the twelfth century, the samurai embraced Zen Buddhism and subsequently discovered the benefits of meditation, giving the samurai warrior the mental edge that his enemies found extremely challenging.

Meditation instructors from the Shambhala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions.

Click here to register! Call 205.254.2571 for assistance and questions.

 

Visually Impaired Program: Discovering Texture

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 4.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2643.

Program sponsored by the Eyesight Foundation and The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

BMA Speaks: Samurai

Join us for a very special BMA Speaks in the spirit of Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.

In the death poem, or jisei, one’s reflection on death (one’s own usually, but also death in general) in the final moments of life could be especially meaningful, as it also constituted important observations about life. The poem was considered a gift to one’s loved ones, students, and friends. The tradition began with Zen monks, but was also popular among poets, whose poems were often just as solemn as those of monks, or could be entirely flippant and humorous.

All forms of poetry are welcome! If you are interested in performing, please contact Assistant Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org.

 

Japanese Film Festival: 47 Ronin

Japanese Film Festival
AUGUST 7-10 // FREE

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 8 // 6:30PM // 47 Ronin (1994), Kon Ichikawa, 129 minutes

47 Ronin (original title: Shijūshichinin no shikaku) is a 1994 Japanese film, directed by Kon Ichikawa. The film is another version of the Chūshingura, the story of the revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin of Ako against Lord Kira. Directed by famed director Kon Ichikawa.  Winner of the Tokyo International Film Festival Award, 1994.

*Oscar’s Café will offer a cash bar and snacks on Friday night of the film festival.
** Lethal Beauty will remain open until 9PM Friday night. Last entry is at 8PM. Exhibition tickets are required for entry into the exhibition; member tickets are always FREE.

Japanese Film Festival: Harakiri

Japanese Film Festival
AUGUST 7-10 // FREE

Love exploring different cultures through film? Join us for a fun-filled weekend featuring some of the best samurai movies of all time! Professors Matt Levey, Dave Resha, and Bob Shelton of Birmingham-Southern College and Professor Cathleen Cummings of University of Alabama at Birmingham will introduce and then lead a Q&A session after each screening.

August 7 // 7PM // Harakiri (1962), Masaki Kobayashi, 133 minutes

Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Join us this month for an evening with our new exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. This is also the first event of our Japanese Film Festival, which is taking place August 7-10. Check our calendar for all films and times.

5-9PM // Open galleries

5-9PM // Tapas ($13) and cocktails (Cash Bar)

5:30-7:30PM // Calligraphy Demonstration / Explore the ancient art form of calligraphy with a master artist. Observe how a few graceful brush strokes can bring words to life. Learn about the different styles of calligraphy including those used during the samurai period. Visitors are invited to join in and take home a small calligraphy artwork of their own.

6PM // Curator-led tour of Lethal Beauty (Free for members / $10 Non Members) with Don Wood, Ph.D., Senior Curator and Curator of Asian Art

7PM // Japanese Film Festival: Harakiri

7PM // Live Music by Foxxy Fatts and Company

Public Tour: Lethal Beauty

Free with admission (FREE for BMA members, $10 for non-members) // No reservations required

Discover the artistry of samurai arms and armor through a guided tour of Lethal Beauty. Stay after the public tour for our First Thursday event!

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

A New Gift Revealed

Museum Director Gail Andrews unveils an exciting gift to the BMA folk art collection consisting of over 400 objects by artists working across the South in the 20th century. It includes paintings, sculptures, quilts, and works on paper. They are primarily by Alabama artists such as Sybil Gibson, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Benjamin Perkins, and Fred Webster to name just a few.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.